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For Immediate Release: 
June 9, 2009
Contact Info: 
Katie Grant
Stephanie Lundberg
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in support of Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save Act, which passed the House 298-119.

“I am pleased that the House passed the CARS Act this afternoon with strong, bipartisan support.  This legislation accomplishes a number of pressing goals. Its benefits include enhanced energy independence, positive environmental steps, and a boost for our nation’s auto industry.

“The idea behind the Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save Act, also known as ‘Cash for Clunkers,’ is a simple one. It provides American drivers an incentive of $3,000 to $5,000 to trade in their older, less-efficient vehicles for newer models that are easier on our environment and on our demand for oil, with higher incentives for more efficient vehicles.

“I believe that the incentives in this bill will give many Americans the extra economic nudge they need to buy that new car—and to make it an efficient one.  And we all stand to benefit from that decision. We will see a national fleet of vehicles gradually becoming more fuel-efficient, which will help curb our carbon emissions and our dependence on foreign oil.

“At the same time, this bill can give our struggling automakers new business at a time when they—and the millions of American workers who depend on their viability—need it more than ever. I look forward to this bill becoming law, and the inauguration of a very promising program.”